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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "contract award committee" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: mrdavid abbey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:17:00 +0100
I am the Chairman of the Contract Award Committee, Federal Ministry of
Petroleum Resources Nigerian, I am in search of an agent to assist us in
the transfer of
(US$30,M) THIRTY MILLION,UNITED STATES DOLLARS. And subsequent
investment in properties in your country.
You will be required to:
(1) Assist in the transfer of the said sum,
(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment,
(3) Assist us in purchase of properties.
If you decide to render your service to me, regard, you can also send me
your private Telephone, Fax number and Email for easy communication.
Mr David Abbey